La Morte e' di Moda (1986)

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Bruno Gaburro directed this Italian giallo thriller under the pseudonym "Joe Brenner," coincidentally the name of a producer who initially released many similar films (Torso; Eyeball) to America in the 1970s. The story concerns a model named Gloria (Theresa Leopardi) whose car breaks down late at night near an isolated villa. After seeing something inside the house which terrifies her, she runs outside and narrowly escapes death under the wheels of a passing truck. Gloria has amnesia, but recalls witnessing a murder, and is slowly helped to piece together the events by a bizarre psychiatrist (Miles O'Keeffe from Tarzan the Ape Man) who just happens to be one of the villa's owners. Of course, while Gloria tries to remember what she saw, the mysterious assassin is trying to kill her before she does. Genre veteran Sergio Rubini's handsome photography helps to distinguish this standard thriller, which will nevertheless prove of some interest to genre enthusiasts for its off-kilter style and the presence of Anthony Franciosa (recalling his performance in the superior 1982 giallo Tenebre) as the quixotic Inspector Rizzo, whose affinity for fishing is used to amusing symbolic effect.